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Old 09-22-2021, 09:00 PM
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The Epik Fail breach has just gotten started, some highlights so far.

Epik Fail Data Leaks (@epikfailsnippet) | Twitter

A group calling themselves Anonymous (old anonymous is dead, so unrelated to previous anon) released a huge data trove gathered from the web hosting service Epik, run by CEO Rob Monster (real name) and Epic fail is right!

First off, their security wasn’t just non-existent, it was so bad it might as well be called anti-security. Practically everything got stored in plain text.

They stored successful and failed login attempts in a plain text log. That’s right, failed attempts as well. That means if the user forgot their password and tried one from another site, the Epik logs captured both the legit and attempted password in easily searchable human readable text. The logs also weren’t rotated or cleared, just a huge growing list of everyone’s login and password attempts.

They stored password challenge questions in plain text.
Wanna know your favorite nazi’s mother’s maiden name and first pet? Epik’s got you covered.

Oh it gets worse, credit card details were stored in plain text as well. Name, number, expiration date, CCV, want to charge something to a nazi, now’s your chance!

Ouch“This is one of those times where I’m actually kind of embarrassed to use this fiasco as a use case in cybersecurity class because I don’t actually want my students to know this level of incompetence and buffoonery exists and its perpetrators live among us.” - Megan Squire


I keep saying nazis because Epik’s CEO is a nazi. That is, despite all his “it’s just free speech” claims, Rob Monster himself is the registerer of many pro-republican-nazi sites. Seemingly sitting on a number of domains including Sexy Nazis .com and amusingly also Rob Monster Enables Nazis .com after he blocked a known anti-fascist from scooping it up.

It’s a handful of people, that create most of the problems.
As real names were logged with the domain names, it’s revealed that a handful of known nazi’s or their friends run the majority of ‘stop the steal’ ‘vax lies’ ‘Anti-antifa’ and ‘qanon’ labeled sites, as well as a number of false-flag anti-fa groups.

Things are just getting started, but already it’s a very bad day for a lot of nazis as they fight identity theft. Word is that Epik’s VPN service was caught up in this too.

Epik’s CEO has responded with “I have many many dear jewish friends” and blamed “Legacy code developed by Russians” for all the security flaws. Since then he’s been pounding the I’m just a good christian boy drum so hard, I think he knows he’s fucked.

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I bet it can cope with a ring of salt though.
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I got served an ad on reddit that started with the text: "If you can stop downvoting long enough to read this, we actually think you’ll like..."

I'm genuinely curious, did I get served that based on my voting habits? Because it is dead on.

Anyway, downvoted.
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I’ve noticed bargain basement ads have discovered negging.

“Oh but if you think your so special not to need this, then by all means hit that skip-ad button.”
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That's what that was. :facepalm: No wonder it was so effective.
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Epikfail hacks part 2, the hits keep coming!

Since I last left you, the Epik data trove has only grown. Anonymous has released a second set of data, twice as big as the first, they are calling “The /B/ Sides” and it appears to be bootable copy of Epik’s server hard drives.

Anonymous Announces New Leak Of Epik Data
Dailydot The data includes API keys and plaintext login credentials for not only Epik’s system but for Coinbase, PayPal, and the company’s Twitter account.


Epik’s CEO has responded by leading a live stream prayer that God would curse and set fire to drives that download his data. So top notch security response.

The twitter that was providing a list of the hits got suspended, allegedly for finding Steve Bannon’s credit card info in the data. They are already back up with another account.

Before the suspension they had found a rather large number of Child abuse related domain names registered under Epik. Whether they were hosting illegal images is currently unknown.

Partly related, The Oath Keepers got hacked and a trove of data released including chat logs and over 10,000 e-mails. The Oath keepers switched to Epik after the Jan 6th attack, no word on if these two hacks are connected.
Data From Oath Keepers Leaked Online After Alleged Hack

It is currently a bad time to be a nazi on the internet!
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Epik’s CEO has responded by leading a live stream prayer that God would curse and set fire to drives that download his data. So top notch security response.
That's so fucking great, I can't even. :lol:
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$7M fine proposed for Alberta bitcoin mine that set up power plant without permission

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Oh it gets better.

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Coastal elites set up shop in redneck area.

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I just looked up the numbers so I might be a bit off, but it appears that wasting natural gas to mine bitcoins has only been viable for the last 1.5 years, all thanks to a 2021 bitcoin price skyrocket.

On average it appears to currently cost $7,000 - $10,000 in energy alone to mine one bitcoin. Which was around the price of one bitcoin in september 2020 (it’s currently 4 times that).

So if it wasn’t obvious bitcoin is a speculative market, the only reason to mine bitcoin for profit is due to a single year fast rise similar to other speculative fevors.
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I don't think I've seen "bitcoin mining demand" listed as one of the factors behind the huge price increase in natural gas in Europe.

Obviously the mainstream media are trying to hush this up.
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Wussup, nerds.

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I just witnessed a tech bro say NFTs are backed by a real world asset.
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Ever since apple came out with the iPad and I saw a drawing of an iMac that folds down to become a tablet I’ve been expecting products like these. A combo all in one desktop or laptop with a touch display that turns into a tablet just fits perfectly with Steve Job’s apple and their designer/creator focused mindset.

So color me surprised here’s that idea looking pretty slick, but from Microsoft.

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Kind of like the Surface. A comic strip accidentally predicted a thing. :)

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That’s especially funny as the iPad Pro folio keyboard has been the worst apple product I have ever used, it was complete garbage and has helped to push me away from apple.

I’m currently typing this on my iPad with a 2009 apple bluetooth keyboard ontop of the broken folio keyboard, and it even has more functions than the folio!

What’s worse, I cheered when the thing finally fully broke, as it used to cause my iPad to drop into a continuous “This accessory is not supported” loop when all I wanted was to use it to prop up the screen, if I forgot to slip a piece of paper between the contacts.

When researching how to fix it, I discovered the traces on the folio were so poorly made they would evaporate overtime, with the fix being to slowly peal apart the folio and apply new/better conductive tape.
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For a less pessimistic post, the internet is amazing sometimes.

Retro gamers discovered that if they hit their Sega Genesis while it was running Sonic 3D blast, it would pull up a secret level select cheat. Some sort of early motion controls in the cartridge?

The designer of the game then chimed in to explain that this is a hack, but not what they thought. To pass quality inspection games made for the genesis had to be able to stay running for days at a time, any crashing would result in a fail and the process took so long that a few fails would horribly impact the release date.

Luckily the 68K processor in the Genesis has error interrupt debugging tools, and could be told to throw the game into a debug screen if an error occurred, so he set a bunch of faults to go to a “Secret cheat screen” just incase it crashed, it would appear like it was meant to do that. Hitting the cartridge interrupts some of the pin connectors, throwing an error and kicking the user into the debug mode, or in this case a “secret” level select screen.

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Real story: Mrs. Reasons failed to inform me of a delivery today. The poor guy knocked on the door, then called me 3 times (which I ignored) before I realized maybe the calls and the barking dog were connected. The odd thing was the guy didn't leave a message, which is usually the thing that would get me to respond.
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